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cellphone woes
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Well, I succumbed to the Lure of the Cell Phone, and I'm almost ashamed, except it *flips open* and the first person to call me on it is going to *so* be told to Beam me up, Scotty. Seriously.

I have issues with phones, in that I don't like them. I express myself best in writing--yes, you can be afraid now, if you've been reading here a while--and phone is very--impromptu speaking. To me, impromptu speaking is equivalent to extended bad stand-up comedy and repeition and sometimes, really bizarre metaphors, but longer and more painful, like having to cough up your spleen. I have an honest suspicion that my English teacher put me in competitive public speaking not because she thought I was good at it, but because she just had to see what I'd come up with under pressure in front of three judges.

Right. That veered off subject.

But phones, to me, are the enemy. When I was introduced to textual instant communication, I can honestly say that I Found My True Self, and also, increased my typing speed exponentially. Phones have too many traps--verbal cues, tones, strange sounds, and some people keep talking while using the bathroom and my God, did I need to hear that toilet flush? No. I did not. You see where this is going. For the most part, in AIM, I can be relatively sure no one is on their laptop while engaged in evacuation activites, but better, if they were? I would never know. Unless they told me. And wow, isn't *that* a quick way to get unBuddied fast.

There is also the question of access. Cellphones, like regular phones, do not require me to sign on before people see me. People can call *at any time* and leave me messages that I'm expected to *answer*, which is just weird, but there you have it. I have made it my life's mission to remain unavailable to bathroom-talking people and really, if you want me that badly, you can email me and if I hate you a lot, I'll completely ignore it, and everyone is happy.

But cellphones that *flip open* and have cool ringtones and also, work bonus, and it was this or mortgage my soul for an ibook, which was on the list, believe it or not. Also, while I'm in Minnesota, I want Child to be able to call me at any time, and also, this last year in New York, we almost lost svmadelyn to a tragic accident involving a car and her phone and wow, I had no ideas the cliches were true but people there *don't* see red lights, do they? I figure this time, she can pull me out of approaching traffic. That is karmatically just.

So. Two days, cellphone. I feel I will randomly call people and quote Star Trek at them. Or maybe I'll point it at people in the office as my new phaser and yell DIE KLINGON, which actually won't be nearly as much fun as you might think. They're all used to me.

It's really kind of sad, now that I think of it.


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I have a cell phone, but I don't use it much. I use it to call my father, because it's free (because we have phones with the same company), and I have it for emergencies, and it's how I make long distance calls.

I very, very rarely give the number out, though, and it's turned off most of the time, so people will have to leave me voice messages. Which I usually respond to via e-mail.

...can you tell I don't like phones much?

If you had my number and called me and quoted Star Trek at me, I'd probably quote you back. ;)

Just get one that has text-messaging, and anytime someone actually calls the number to try to talk to you (instead of using the aforesaid messaging), yell at them in Klingon until they hang up. :-)

Showtime's QaF website has QaF ringtones. I thought it crucial you know. Run, don't walk.

:)

I take my laptop into the bathroom all the tim- Umm, never mind!

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Toilet computer users unite!

This is why I love you. My Mom has taught me the ways of No Shame. She goes to the bathroom while we talk. Has ever since I've known her (age 8, step-mom-ish thing). And now as her adult daughter? I have no shame. We will sometimes converse while both of us are in the bathroom because it's really difficult to avoid that sort of thing in an intense 4 hour conversation. *g*.

*looks at what she wrote*

*runs away*

Re: *gasp* *GLOMP*

My Mom has taught me the ways of No Shame.

Hey, my Mom too! Although I do have some shame *g*, she has NONE WHATSOEVER. I'm completely used to her walking around naked. Heh.

Heh, mine's like that too. Plus there was the afternoon I was trying to flush a kidney infection through my system and basically just parked in the bathroom with a water bottle I kept refilling from the tap and my laptop...

Re: *gasp* *GLOMP*

Heck, I would do the *exact* same thing. How else would I keep myself entertained on the toilet for so long? ;)

txt messaging is the best cure for stagnant boredom

I'd totally text message you while doing laundry, waiting in line, sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, on my lunch break...

I am the bitch and my cell phone is the conduit to all my h0rish ways. I mean I do give it a lot of money it totally doesn't deserve. Though I do enjoy the occasional blow job text message...

*giggles*

I just got a phone of my own, hmm, maybe in the last year or so? And friends of mine *insist* on doing thing like TEXT MESSAGING me and I'm very, "Uhm - ok. I can turn this on. Dont pus it, lady!" So yeah, I know where you're coming from *g*

Hee, I spend more time on email and text messaging and AIM than I do talking on my phone.

I really really like text messaging as a way to communicate because I know they’ll get it instantly (which I won’t assume with email until everyone gets a sidekick or blackberry) but they can respond to it at their leisure unlike the phone call where someone demands your time right then and there.

I have been lurking in your lj and basking in your wonderful SV fic, specifically Pretty When Your Mine and have friended you so I don't miss a thing!

LOL! I so wanted that cool Trek communicator sound to go off when I opened my flip phone for the first time--so you keep shouting Klingonese!

Actually, I sympathize with your phone indifference. It took 9/11 and the Staten Island Ferry crash (plus, massive complaining from the parental units) for me to finally give in and get a cellphone for emergency purposes. I've actually had to use it for that reason on two occasions, so though I still think the devices are evil, I also recognize they are useful.

*giggles* I understand your pain about the bathroom thing. Because OMG I soo didin't need to hear the toilet flush. But I also don't have a cellphone (which sucks) but most of my friends do and I want one. But yeah they are sooo addictive, sorry I know my grammar sucks but I'm so very tired righht now, And I'm definitely in agreement with you I spend way more time on my computer than on the phone. The only really good thing is they are good for going to meet somebody, finding them, or getting directions. Yeah we are addicted to cell phones. Oh and I've friended you by the way. so yeah Hi.

Indeed, unless you've got a Blackberry or a GPS device or some such, they are invaluable for getting directions when you get lost on the way somewhere (as happened to me just last weekend). Or telling the place you're rushing to reach before closing, "I'm on the way, please don't lock me out!" Or finding someone in a huge public place without having the pain-in-the-ass of preset meeting time and place. Or calling home from the grocery store to ask if there are in fact light bulbs for the bathroom vanity or else you should pick some up. Or calling home from the drive through to ask, "What did you want me to get you again?" (All of these are things I've done, often on more than one occasion.)

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